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Almost seven years ago, developer Oxford Properties Group proposed a massive redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre an buildings to the west along Front Street, calling for a mixed-use complex including multiple towers and a casino. The casino proposal was turned away by City Council, leading the project known as Oxford Place to be shelved for later reassessment. After years of speculation, information that a new plan was in the works began to emerge earlier this year, with details now being revealed on the day of a community open house for the project, to be known as Union Park. With this unveiling, the plans are just for the south side of Front between John Street and Blue Jays Way, and do not touch the Convention Centre at this point.

The updated plan contemplates a $3.5 billion, 4.3 million-square-foot, mixed-use complex on a 4-acre site bounded by Blue Jays Way, the John Street bridge, Front Street, and the southern edge of the Union Station rail corridor. The site is currently home to two office buildings, at 315 and 325 Front Street West. This plot of land theoretically represents the first in a multi-phased plan that would eventually include redevelopment of the convention centre and associated buildings to the east, with a total site area of 11 acres.

In a prepared release, Eric Plesman, Executive Vice President of North America, Oxford Properties, states “This is a transformational project in one of the most exciting development nodes in Toronto. Befitting its status as one of the largest redevelopment projects in North America, and the largest in Toronto’s history, Union Park will feature world-class design from a globally-renowned architecture team. Our goal at Oxford is to connect people to exceptional places, so we are creating an ambitious project that adds to Toronto’s ongoing evolution as a world-class city to live and work in.”

 

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects working with Toronto-based Adamson Associates Architects, this initial phase would contain four towers, including 1.5 million and 1.8 million square-foot office towers with respective heights of 48 and 58 storeys, as well as 44 and 54-storey residential towers. A total of 800 rental apartments are proposed, while the complex would be anchored to the street with 200,000 square feet of retail space. The office component is set to include multiple 100,000-square-foot spaces split between the office towers and linked via an atrium, with a hope to attract global tenants who require large, modular spaces. Full Urban Toronto Article: Click Here

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